Their Story: We met in August 2014, on a “meet your fellow grad-student” walk around the Torrey Pines Cliffs in San Diego. We instantly hit it off talking about New York living, French vacations, and food adventures! A couple of years ago, we moved cross-country to Boston for new job opportunities and mountains to climb. Chad grew up in Colorado Springs, and we have made a trip back at least once a year to visit family. We try to fit in a hike, some skiing, or at least a trail walk during our visits. Usually, we are able to entice our family to join in as well. We want an intimate ceremony to really celebrate our immediate family and grandparents, surrounded by gorgeous scenery. Colorado just felt like the perfect place. We love the outdoors, especially hiking! Our favorite vacation entails a challenging full-day hike followed by a hot tub soak and some burgers and beers. We also love getting spoiled with oysters and cocktails! We are always looking to learn and so like to experiment a bit in the kitchen with new ingredients while cooking, baking, bartending. That has really helped us appreciate individual ingredients and that more is not always better. When done well, simplicity can be extraordinary.”
The Micro-Wedding Day: Anastasia and Chad had a breathtaking micro-wedding in Colorado at Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. The bride shared special moments with her mother getting dressed, and the groom's mother lovingly pinned his boutonniere. After getting ready at a vacaitn house in Estes Park, we traveled with the couple only for their private "first look" moment at 3M Curve, where the couple read heartfelt letters to each other with only their photographer as witness. Later, guests gathered at Sprague Lake awaiting the couple who chose to forego the traditional walk-ins (groom waits at the ceremony spot and bride enters with an escort such as Dad, Mom, Brother, etc). For Anastatsia and Chad, they chose to enter the cermeony area together. The groom's brother officiated a beautiful ceremony, and afterwards, everyone signed the marriage license (yes - signatures can be made on the back so it is like a livign guestboo. They popped some bubbly, did some cheers all while we took some family photos. As the guests made their way to the vacation house, the couple had more stunning photos taken while a personal chef prepared a delicious dinner. To conclude the day, we all gathered for toasts and cheers, cut the cake, and sent the newlyweds off to enjoy their special evening together. Their micro-wedding in Colorado was a beautiful, intimate celebration of love and commitment.
Anastatsia and Chad had only their families present (9 guests, 11 with the two of them) and use our 4-hour micro-wedding pacakge, in which we bring champagne glasses (if kept uner 20 people). Occassionally, if under 20 people), we stay at the cermeony area longer and display + cut the cake. Contact Wendee for more ideas on how you can customize a micro-wedding package at Rocky Mountain National Park.
Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. If you're looking for a stunning micro-wedding, Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park could be just the spot you're searching for. The incredible scenery is sure to set the perfect backdrop for your special day. With the help of Custom Weddings of Colorado, planning your micro-wedding at Sprague Lake is easy and stress-free. Some tips to keep in mind are:
Have you ever heard of the 3M curve in Rocky Mountain National Park? If you haven't, you're missing out on one of the most scenic drives in Colorado. The 3M curve offers breathtaking views of the park's iconic mountains and valleys. It's a popular spot for photographers looking to capture the beauty of the Rockies. And now, it's also becoming amazing spot for micro-weddings and elopements. Couples are choosing this spot to exchange vows thanks to its natural backdrop and intimate setting. So why not take a drive along the 3M curve and witness its beauty for yourself?Who knows, you might just stumble upon a happy couple tying the knot.
If you're thinking of having a small and intimate wedding or elopement, Custom Weddings of Colorado can hlep you with the logistics of plannign it at 3m curve. With a maximum number of guests (15 people totaly including the couple and vendors), you can ensure that the occasion remains intimate and personal, allowing you to truly cherish every moment with your closest family and friends. We do recommend that all guests are reasonably mobile as this spot is not wheelchair accessible, though you only need to walk about 2 minutes to get to a crazy gorgeous overlook with mountain backdrops. So if you're dreaming of a smaller wedding or elpement, reach out to us about a Colorado elopement package (up to 8 guests) or a micro-wedding package as the 3m curve might be just what you're looking for! If, if you have more tha 15 guests... not worries, Wendee knows of other amazing venues in Colorado that can accommodate a "larger" small group. With so many incredible photo opportunities, you'll be sure to capture memories that last a lifetime. And who knows, your wedding guests might even spot some of the park's famous wildlife while they're at it.
Mother, teacher, planner, gardener, mountain biker, entrepreneur, librarian, hiker, snowboarder, reader, dork, chocoholic, trail runner and creative. Wendee has been planning weddings in Colorado since 1995. In 2012, she decided to "go small" and only plans micro-weddings & elopements with 35 or fewer guests. Contact Wendee to get started planning your intimate small Colorado wedding.
I've been planning weddings since 1995 when I moved to Colorado from Iowa. I cut my teeth at Keystone Resort in their wedding department, then then ventured on to planning corporate meetings. But, I kept helping friends and their friends with weddings starting my first full-service company in 2002 (yes - planned the big overwhelming ones). In 2012 with the birth of my son, values shifted and I decided to go small, intimate and meaningful. Please connect with me to make your dreamy, simple mountain wedding come true!
Behind the Scenes
Ever wonder what goes on behind-the-scenes of a micro-wedding day? Jaime L. Barba, one of our talented professional photographers, captured me at work from one of our May 2023 weddings in Boulder, Colorado. Enjoy! .... and yes, she does wedding-day content creation (a great alternative if you cannot afford videography) for couples as well as photography.
What is a wedding day content creator? It’s someone who is there on your wedding day taking pictures on a cell phone (or in Jaime's case, her professional equipement), documenting behind-the-scenes moments, capturing and telling stories, and delivering short-form media content of your wedding day in real-time. Checkout one from our September 2023 weddings ⬇️.